Yamaha YZF-R3

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A SCALED-DOWN version of the company’s popular and successful R1 and R6 models comes with a 321cc twin-cylinder engine, available with or without ABS. Both models are aimed at new riders or those looking for a lightweight option for street or track. The liquid-cooled, four-stroke, in-line twin-cylinder features dual overhead cams (DOHC) on the eight-valve, fuel-injected powerplant.

Lightweight forged aluminum pistons and all-aluminum DiASil Cylinders fi t into an offset design, for smooth, manageable power. The lightweight steel frame incorporates the engine’s crankcase as a stressed structural member of the chassis, for a balance of rigidity and weight. The long, asymmetrical swingarm design effects the effi cient transmission of engine power to the rear wheel, while a preload-adjustable KYB rear shock mounted in a Monocross suspension design contributes to a mass centralization of weight.

Handling is engineered through an all-new inverted front fork, an all-new triple clamp, 32 degrees of handlebar steering range, a 30.7-inch (780mm) seat height, and approximately 50/50 front-rear weight distribution. The base YZF-R3 comes in Team Yamaha Blue or Matte Black, MSRP $4,999; the YZF-R3 ABS is available in Matte Black, Vivid White, MSRP $5,299. yamahamotorsports.com